Chambersburg snaps 11-game losing streak

September 22, 2004|by BOB PARASILITI

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg football team has spent the season looking for a direction to follow.

On Tuesday, Tyler Perry found the compass.

Perry broke loose in the second half, rushing for 72 of his 80 yards in the second half, including 22 on the game-winning drive, to lead the Trojans to a 17-14 win over Central Dauphin East in a game delayed four days by Hurricane Ivan.

Perry added a 14-yard reception from quarterback Clay Cummings on a third-and-7 play at the 22 to get the Trojans a first down and set up Cummings' 8-yard rollout pass to tight end Josh Mayhugh early in the fourth quarter to notch Chambersburg's first win of the season while ending an 11-game losing streak.

"In the first half on our outside running, we were missing the block to seal the play," Chambersburg coach Shawn Kimple said. "We got it in the second half. If we can get Tyler running north and south, he can make kids miss him. He is an exciting back."


Perry, who had eight yards on nine carries in the first half, set up the Trojans with a 29-yard run inside right end on his first carry of the second half. The run was the big arrow pointing to a win.

Chambersburg's offense opened up with Perry moving straight ahead. After falling behind 14-10, the Trojans took the ball on their own 46 with four minutes left in the third quarter.

After running for his 22 yards, Perry caught a critical 14-yard screen pass on a third-and-8 at the CD 22 to keep the winning drive alive.

"(Perry) was hitting us on the trap and running low and hard," CD East coach Gerry Yonchiuk said. "That screen pass killed us. We expected to stop them and get the ball back and it kind of kicked us in the teeth."

Chambersburg held a 10-7 halftime lead but the Panthers went ahead by unconventional means. Tailback Ryan Becker stepped in at quarterback when starter Devon Lutz left the game with leg cramps with 9:00 left in the third quarter. He hit Alex Jones for a 22-yard pass on third-and-13 before running straight up the middle for a 44-yard score.

Chambersburg took a 10-0 lead on Travis Schoenberger's 31-yard field goal and a 3-yard run by Cummings.

The Trojans celebrated their victory heartily as time expired as they won a Mid-Penn Commonwealth game for the first time since the 2002 season.

"The kids needed to get the feeling of a win," Kimple said. "We have had some close losses and we have been beaten by large margins. A lot of them were saying 'This is it,' but it's only a starting point."

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